The Case Against Big Government

Jennifer Kerns
Taxpayer Advocate & Republican Communications Strategist

For anyone watching Tuesday night’s
Special Election in Massachusetts and still wondering what all the fuss is
about, let me break it down for you.

Americans are mad as hell and they’re not
going to take it anymore.

What’s with all the anger? A recent viral
e-mail I received illustrates that people have finally begun to see firsthand
that "big government" – and the big spending that comes with it – is not only
wasteful, but it simply doesn’t work.

Case in point:

  • The
    U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 – they have had 234 years to get it
    right; it is broke.
  • Social Security was
    established in 1935 – they have had 74 years to get it right; it is now broke.
  • Fannie Mae was
    established in 1938 – they have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke.
  • Medicare and Medicaid
    were established in 1965 – they have had 44 years to get it right; they are
    broke.
  • Freddie Mac was
    established in 1970 – they have had 39 years to get it right; it is also broke.
  • Trillions of dollars
    were spent in the massive TARP program, the Obama Administration’s "Stimulus
    Bill" and the Appropriations Act of 2009 – none of these show any sign of
    improving the economy, and the Taxpayer was left picking up the tab.
  • Cash for Clunkers was
    established in 2009 – and went broke in the same year. (well, at least we’re
    getting more expedient, aren’t we?)
  • And the list goes on and
    on…
  • Can
    you even imagine what this list for
    California looks like?

Look, government programs are often set
up with the best of intentions in order to "help" folks; but in more cases than
not, both the programs AND the folks end up flat broke.  And that, my friends, doesn’t help
anybody.

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